The Raiders break the Dolphins' heart in OT, 31-28
The Raiders continue to find ways to win as they extend their 2021 record to 3-0. It took all 60 mins and additional minutes in overtime but the Raiders got it done beating the Dolphins 31-28. The Raiders faced their fair share of adversity early. Derek Carr threw a pick-six on the first drive of the game and then they turned it over on downs on the next drive. They were in a 14-0 deficit early in the first quarter.
The turning point in the game for the Raiders was cornerback Casey Hayward, causing the Dolphins to get a safety. That safety allowed the Raiders to score on its next possession. From that point the Raiders scored 25 unanswered points after trailing early. The Raiders defense had yet another strong performance, however the Dolphins showed fight knocking down a 50 yard field goal by Jason Sanders. Miami was able to score a touchdown and convert on a two-point conversion to force overtime. The Raiders had the Dolphins at 4th and goal from the two-yard line but were unable to stop Jacoby Brissett on a quarterback scramble.
Raiders QB Derek Carr had another huge game, throwing for more than 300 yards for the third-straight game. He had two touchdowns and averaged over 8.0 yards per attempt once again. While the interception was costly, it was another fantastic performance with Carr looking like an early MVP candidate.
The Raiders are now 3-0 for the first time since the 2002 season. Their next game will be against the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football in Week 4. The Chargers come in with some momentum after knocking off the Kansas City Chiefs in a big division win, this feels like a big game if the Raiders want to win the AFC West this year.